Youth Development

Jumpstart Academy Africa

Preparing Africa's Youth for the Future of Work

Quick Facts

aka Jumpstart Academy Africa

Ashburn, VA

Mission

Jumpstart Academy Africa seeks to accelerate Africa’s readiness for the future of work by equipping young people with workforce and soft skills. Our goal is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education by improving learning outcomes for young people whilst supporting their personal and professional development. Our objectives are as follows: 1. Ensure that young people have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. 2. Enable young people to have access to equitable and quality secondary education. 3. Empower young people to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.

Ruling Year

2020

Principal Officer

Madelle Kangha

Main Address

21619 Romans Dr

Ashburn, VA 20147 USA

Keywords

education, youth development, 21st century skills, Africa

EIN

84-4404380

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Employment Training (J22)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Over the next three decades, 15 to 20 million young people are expected to join the African workforce. As such, delivering the ecosystem for quality jobs – and future skills to match – will be imperative for fully leveraging the continent’s demographic dividend. It is therefore crucial that we improve our education systems so that young people acquire 21st century skills whilst in school.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Scholars Program

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of lessons taught

This metric is no longer tracked.
TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

Scholars Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of participants who felt that they have been provided with a range of options for future employment

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

Scholars Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Related program

Scholars Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Related program

Scholars Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of businesses developed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adolescents (13-19 years),

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Related program

Scholars Program

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our mission is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education by improving learning outcomes for young people whilst supporting their personal and professional development. Our vision is to accelerate Africa’s readiness for the future of work by equipping young people with workforce and soft skills. Our objectives are to: 1. Ensure that young people have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. 2. Enable young people to have access to equitable and quality secondary education.. 3. Empower young people to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.

We provide young people with quality formal, non-formal and vocational education and training that equips them with the relevant knowledge and skills to lead safe, healthy and productive lives, to meet the demands of the job market and to foster global citizenship. We create improved learning environments by providing workforce readiness, soft skills, entrepreneurship and technical skills training to young people aged 15 to 29 through two core programs: A. Adopt-A-School We identify and partner with mission driven schools to create improved learning environments. We license our curriculum to partner secondary and high schools seeking to provide their students with a unique human centered entrepreneurship curriculum that will enhance their ability to create lasting impact in their respective communities. Using a student-based and interactive approach to learning, our curriculum cultivates critical thinking, ethical leadership, an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving, and civic engagement. B. Immersive Scholar Program (ISP) We run an immersive residential summer experience for young people are who are passionate and committed to creating lasting change in their communities. Our scholars are selected for their academic performance, ideas for local solutions and their drive to be change makers. Over the course of two months, our scholars are immersed in activities and workshops which empowers them with communication, leadership and entrepreneurship skills. Our programming has two main components: - First, a 2-year Entrepreneurial Leadership Training (ELT) which enables students to cultivate 21st century skills, with an emphasis on employment opportunities, enterprise creation, community engagement and civic responsibility. Our curriculum uses a student-based and interactive approach to enable young people become valued contributors in the job market. - Second, Jumpstart Academy offers mentoring in which students and young people are paired with professionals from different fields. These professionals guide these young people through the transition from secondary to tertiary education environments, support them through the challenges they face in starting enterprises, choosing career paths, launching community initiatives, as well as in their personal lives. In summary, our programs improve learning outcomes for young boys and girls, whilst supporting them with their personal and professional development.

Our team is made up of dynamic young people passionate about education. We have 7 teachers on our team, one of whom is on our leadership team. Our team has an in-depth knowledge of students’ financial and social background, their academic backgrounds, strengths/weaknesses, and career and life goals. Therefore, we can guide students throughout the transition to higher education and provide support thereafter to ensure that these students succeed at university. 50% of our volunteers are alumni of Jumpstart Academy Africa, with over 20% of our alumni returning as volunteers and Mentors. Moreso, we have strategic partnerships which amplify our impact, reduce our cost and provides opportunities for our beneficiaries. Our current partners include: - The African Leadership Academy: We partner with ALA students and alumni to host “Build in a Box” entrepreneurial leadership summer camps - Game Changers – Pitching competition for our scholars with projects and business ideas - African Leadership University – provides us with summer interns who assist with our programs, monitoring and evaluation - Watson University – Provides us with fiscal sponsorship - Degreed – Gives us access to online courses for our teachers and staff - Frontier market Scouts – provides high impact professionals and MBA graduates for summer placements to assist with program development - Umsizi Fund - Provide funding for our work.

To effectively measure our impact, we use participatory evaluation methods which foster inclusion and engagement among our stakeholders. ● Every student participates in one-on-one evaluation meetings with Jumpstart staff before, during and after the program to assess the student’s progress and goals. ● Furthermore, each student completes a questionnaire at the beginning and at the end of the program to measure their overall change in skills, attitude and mindset towards the future. ● In addition, six months after completing the program, our students are invited to complete an evaluation on their progress after graduation. ● We also compare the grades/skills of our scholars with a control group of scholars of the same demographic. Likewise, we compare our teacher evaluations with a control group of teachers with the same experience and background. ● We also have ongoing communication with our partner schools through evaluation meetings every three months between school staff and Jumpstart staff. At these meetings we discuss progress, challenges and work together to identify possible solutions. ● Lastly, we conduct post-program surveys and evaluations to track and monitor how our trainings are been put into practice.

Through our programs, we have provided skills development and school-to-work transitions for over 3500 young people across Cameroon and Togo. Our impact statistics show that: ● 30% of youth who complete our training have launched businesses/projects, providing employment opportunities for themselves and other young people ● 50% of program graduates have obtained internships and job placements ● 50% of the students from our Scholars Program come from rural areas ● 90% of the youth we work with come from low income households ● 65% of the youth we work with are female 80% of our students take on leadership roles in their communities. ● Our students experience an 311% increase in their income after completing the Entrepreneurial Leadership Training. Besides these results, we have reached over 5000 people in the local communities through campaigns led by our students. These campaigns have empowered the local community with knowledge on issues such as Malaria, HIV/AIDS and the importance of educating a girl child. Just a few of our many successful stories from our scholars include: 1. Civian Massa comes from a rural area in Cameroon called Ndu. When Civian joined the Academy, she was a B student and her education was being covered by her mother, a rural farmer who makes less than $2 a day. After completing our program, she became an A student, and was one of the 50 young people selected to join the inaugural class of the Yale Young Africa’s scholars program. She also won a full scholarship to study Electrical Engineering at the African Leadership University in Mauritius. 2. Joyce Pekwalekeh used the entrepreneurial training received at the Academy to start a catering business. Joyce now employs three other young people and she covers the cost of her university education through the profits generated from her business. 3. Freedom Mbun was selected from millions of young people as the Deputy Chief United Nations Junior Parliamentarian. The UN Junior Parliament for Cameroon seeks to build youth leaders and diplomats who can influence Cameroon positively. 4. Edwin Tumi used the Entrepreneurial leadership training he received to start a poultry farm and used the profits from his business to pay for his high school education. Edwin was just recruited to be trained as a Nursing Auxiliary. 5. Jude Nsawir set up a pottery workshop and used the income he earned to cover the cost of his university education. Jude just graduated with a BA in Management and works for one of the largest financial institutions in Bamenda.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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